• November 2018

    Dear Saugerties Central School District Families,

    Winters in the Hudson Valley can bring changes in the weather that leave winter sports enthusiasts smiling and parents of young, new drivers feeling uneasy and nervous.

    Dealing with the uncertainties of unpredictable weather and road conditions, and making the call for delays and cancellations is one of the most challenging tasks a superintendent has.

    A lot goes into making calls like these, and here is what you should know:

    Communications
    Announcements about school closings, delayed openings, and early dismissals will be provided to the media (including local TV and radio stations) and posted on the Saugerties website (www.saugerties.k12.ny.us) and the following social media pages:

    Facebook – www.facebook.com/saugertiescsd

    Twitter – www.twitter.com/saugertiescsd

    Instagram – www.instagram.com/saugertiescsd

    Additionally, a robocall will be sent out. Emergency and weather related announcements will be sent to all contact numbers listed on School Messenger. If you do not receive these phone messages, please contact MPolacco@saugerties.k12.ny.us to update your information.

    Decision-making Factors:
    There are several different factors that are considered when making the decision to close, delay opening, or release early. Members of our District team hit the roads early, sometimes by 3 AM, to assess conditions. Their assessment, along with conversations with the local highway departments and neighboring school districts, is vital to the decision-making process.

    Delays and Closings:
    We make every effort to get notifications of school delays or closures posted to our website and social media platforms between 5 AM and 5:15 AM. The School Messenger robocall will be sent out starting at 5:45 AM. Parents are encouraged to use these forms of notification for information regarding school closings and delays.

    Two-hour delayed openings mean all schedules will be delayed by two hours. Bus pickups will be approximately two hours later than the normally scheduled time. Please continue to monitor announcements of delays as they could turn into school closings, depending on the weather.

    Early Dismissal:
    Dismissing school early is even trickier. I know that it is an inconvenience for many parents and guardians to arrange to meet their children when we have an early dismissal, so this decision is never made lightly. Typically, the decision is made by mid-morning for an early afternoon dismissal. When an early dismissal is being considered, afterschool activities are typically cancelled. Notifications of early dismissals will be posted and announced through the same forms of media as our delays and closings.

    We know that delays and closings can be inconvenient for families, however the safety of our students and their families is our top priority.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Lawrence Mautone
    Interim Superintendent

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